TOO MANY SIGNS
From Ken Nichols
The article "Sign o'the Times" touched on a subject close to my heart - too
many road signs, the way in which they are growing ever larger and the fact
that temporary signs never seem to be removed. I call it "Sign Pollution".
Can there not be a survey to see which signs really do inform and which
could be scrapped? The siting of signs seems only to be decided by the
criterion "Can the motorist see it from 400 yards away?" ignoring the fact
that it masks some beautiful view or building. The pedestrian or cyclist is
not taken into account, or even more importantly the blind, partially
sighted, the disabled or mums with push chairs. So let's hope for an
initiative to clear our streets of clutter.
The other observation I would Jike to make is that wonderful though the
development of the dock is, can we hope for a landmark building that will be
so powerfully designed that people will identify it as being the Ipswich
Waterside, rather than the whole quayside being developed and then only
looking like a river frontage anywhere in Europe.
NO KITCHEN WASTE IN BROWN BINS
From Chris Mole, MP for Ipswich
You asked in Snippets (2) [October Newsletter] does anyone know what the
reasons are for the Government's new restrictions on kitchen waste being
included in compost recycling schemes.
A scientific study by DEFRA had been commissioned to look at the risk of
pathogens finding their way from kitchen waste into the food chain. This
followed the BSE and Foot and Mouth outbreaks and the concern that
contaminated meat had been discarded and found its way into livestock feed.
The study is flawed in my view, and that of the Composting Association (CA),
in that it assumes firstly that 10% of household kitchen waste is meat, and
secondly it applies solutions more appropriate to abattoirs than composting
plants. In an attempt to keep pathogens "off the fields" the Government has
placed stringent restrictions that composting, plants such as that operated
by Anglia Water/Ipswich Borough Council may not be able to meet. Hence the
A lot depends on the implementation of the regulations by the State
Veterinary Service and I am talking to the CA about how we ensure DEFRA
reviews the impact of its guidelines in order to allow composting and
recycling to move forward once again.
REDUNDANT SMALL BROWN BINS
From Annie Merry, Recycling Officer,
Waste Management Services, Ipswich Borough Council
I am writing in response to the item in the October Newsletter regarding
"redundant small brown bins" and hope to answer the questions raised.
Ipswich Borough Council's brown bin scheme was launched in 1998 to collect
kitchen and garden waste for recycling. The scheme has proved extremely
popular with Ipswich residents and continues to be well used despite recent
changes to collections necessitated by the Animal By-Products Order.
This Order was issued by DEFRA in the interests of animal health and came
into force in July 2003. The Order requires Ipswich Borough Council and
other councils in the UK to comply with new regulations regarding the
composting of catering or food waste. Ipswich Borough Council is currently
exploring the possibility of utilising funds from DEFRA in order to comply
with the regulations and resume
the collection of food waste.
However, we do recognise there is competition
for DEFRA funding and the funds were oversubscribed last year. In the
meantime we are continuing to investigate all options to resume the
collection of non-animal food waste and therefore encourage residents to
keep their small brown bins.
From Tom Gondris
I refer to John Norman's feature on Parking Problems in the October
Newsletter. I am afraid John is wrong in thinking that parking on footpaths
is not allowed in London. The lower part of Broomwood Road on The Avenue,
Clapham Common, is used for short term metered parking with cars encouraged
to utilise half the pavement width, the individual car spaces being marked
on the pavement and road.
I have no idea how general this policy is, and it may be limited to a
particular London borough - I think Battersea in this case. This is an area
of terrace housing, with minimal car parking facilities.
"LOVE ON THE DOLE"
The Editor apologises to Don Skeates for misquoting his letter in the
October Newsletter. Mr Skeates recafled seeing this play at the old Lyceum
Theatre in about 19-36 when (it should have read) "unemployment was high."
Members must have thought it was a strange distortion of economic history to
associate the 1930s with high employment!
WHAT SORT OF FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?
From Pat Read
I noted with interest Pat Gondris's remark about the pineapples on the
gateposts to Christchurch Park in Soane Street. I had been watching with
great interest the workman rebuilding the pillars at the Bolton Lane
entrance to the park, and was finally able to say, "How good it looks,
having the pineapples back again." To which he indignantly replied, "They're
not pineapples, they're artichokes." So I took photographs of both, to
compare, and I guess he's correct! [Editor What do readers think? This is
in Soane Street on left: Bolton Lane on right.]